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A Rustic-Styled Renovation for an Income Property in Alexandria

Our Project Reveal :Condo Renovation

I’m a little behind schedule but it’s reveal day! The last time I shared about the Alexandria rental property we talked much about the planning process. We were going to do a room by room update starting with the kitchen but let’s save some time and share all of the renovation. I promise to come back and do a room by room breakdown a little later. See below for the before’s…

Remember our theme is a minimalist take on Urban Farmhouse. Our color scheme features mostly greys and whites with hints of warm browns and bronze fixtures.

Project Renderings

The Reveal

So we had a quite a bit to do but let’s start with the kitchen. First thing we wanted to explore was opening the space between the kitchen and dining room. We wanted to take down part of the wall between the kitchen and dining room and remove the two doors that entered the kitchen.

Well, the challenging thing about working in condos are the HOA rules. So we had a time obtaining the permits because of some back and forth on what could and couldn’t be done. After initially thinking that we could remove most of the wall we learned that we couldn’t due to pipe locations. So we had to think of options.

We could leave the wall as is and only remove the doors or have two large cutouts as well as removing the doors. We opted for the latter and the clients were very pleased.

For our selections we went with stained wood shaker style cabinets. The client really wanted to go with a laminate option for the countertops but after looking at pricing it wasn’t as inexpensive as we thought. Also, we wanted the clean look of an undermount sink so we started looking at stone options.  The granite samples were a little too busy so we narrowed it down to an all-white quartz or Carrera Vena. 

We moved the refrigerator to the end of the opposite side for a smoother flow and more continuous countertop space. Here are the afters with new everything including apron sink, appliances and lighting…


Now we’ll move onto the bathrooms which were also completely gutted. Here’s what we did…

Primary bath updates included:

  • Take out old tub/shower combination for a large walk-in shower 
  • New vanity, lights, and mirror 
  • New shower floor tile 
  • New floor tile 
  • New paint 

Bathroom 1 updates included:

  • New tub/shower combination 
  • New vanity, lights, and mirror 
  • New floor tile 
  • New paint 

Bathroom 2 updates included:

  • New vanity, lights and mirror 
  • New toilet 
  • New paint 
  • New floor tile 

The clients opted for the Kenya silver wall tile with grey mosaic glass tile for the shower niche. For the shower floor, we used marble tile.

Living Areas

For the rest of the condo we updated the floors, painted, new trim, new closet doors and lighting. 
The walls needed a lot of love so there was a plenty of patchwork repairs and sanding going on but it was very much necessary.  

The walls are Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams throughout the condo. The flooring is luxury vinyl plank with grays and taupe.

Well that’s a wrap on all of our work and the clients loved the final look. The condo was quickly rented out to happy tenants. Of course there were some challenges along the way including delays with getting started due to COVID, a shower door delivered to the wrong address and neighbors complaining about noise. I still enjoyed working the clients and their contractor to bring the final design to life.  

So given you’ve probably been spending a lot of time at home lately… tell me what one thing you would change about your home tomorrow?? 

Photography credit: Marlon Crutchfield Photography

Contractor: Forrest Cleek

Design: Calming Ground Interiors (formerly Catch Decor)

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